Former FSI Director-General Cariño (fourth from left), Gov. Hernandez (sixth from right), and Provincial Administrator Atty. Rebanal (fourth from right) with some of the featured artists

In celebration of the National Arts Month, the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) launched Dakilang Lagunense: The Art and Artists of Laguna on 21 February 2023 at the Cultural Center of Laguna, Sta. Cruz with the support of the Provincial Government of Laguna.  The art book features 65 master and contemporary artists who trace their roots or reside in Laguna. It forms part of the Dakila Series which aims to feature different facets of the Philippines’ cultural heritage, including  – among others – artists and their contributions to continuing art development and promotion

The event was attended by former FSI Director-General Jose Maria A. Cariño, Governor Ramil Hernandez, Provincial Administrator Atty. Dulce Hilario Rebanal, and Laguna Tourism Culture Arts and Trade Office (LTCATO), Officer-in-Charge Pamela Jane P. Baun, and 42 featured artists including Mr. Luis Ac-ac, Mr. Manuel Baldemor, and Mr. Fred Baldemor.